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The Park Service: Book One of The Park Service Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Ryan Winfield
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From New York Times bestselling author Ryan Winfield, a thrilling tale of friendship, betrayal, and adventure.

What would you do if everything you had been taught turned out to be a lie? That's the question fifteen-year-old Aubrey VanHouten must answer when he stumbles onto a post-apocalyptic paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service.

Now Aubrey must learn to survive in a world he never dreamed existed while searching for answers to why everything he was taught is a lie.

Destined to become a classic, The Park Service trilogy will inspire and delight readers of all ages.

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About the Author

Ryan Winfield is the New York Times bestselling author of Jane's MelodySouth of Bixby Bridge, and The Park Service trilogy. He lives in Seattle. To connect with Ryan, visit him at

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  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988348209
  • Publisher: Birch Paper Press (November 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Q85QU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful start to a new series October 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read Ryan Winfield's debut novel, South of Bixby Bridge, I wondered what he'd write about next. I loved Bixby Bridge, but I was surprised that The Park Service was in such a totally different genre. Bixby Bridge is a very adult novel, while The Park Service is geared towards teen readers in the same way Harry Potter and the Hunger Games are for kids. Park Service has young people as its main characters, but the dilemmas the young people face are very adult.

The main character is Aubrey Van Houten, named for his mother who died before Aubrey could know her. Aubrey lives with his father, in a 5 story underground community, miles beneath the ground of what was once New Mexico. Everyone lives underground because of the war that was fought 900 years ago where everything on the surface was destroyed. Mankind now hangs by a thread, existing underground, living in cramped quarters, only reading about the beautiful earth that once was in books.

The story joins Aubrey at age 15, just days before the test he will take to determine what level he'll spend the rest of his life living and working on. Aubrey's father is 35, the cut-off age in Holocene II, and is now ready to join his wife in the Eden promised everyone when they die. Eden is a virtual world where you can live out eternity doing anything you wish and with with your loved ones who've passed on before you.

I can't say any more about the plot, other than to say it's very exciting, and unexpected. Park Service gives us a chance to examine who were are as a species, and whether the world really would be a better place without us. Like the Hunger Games, Winfield challenges our sacred beliefs about ourselves.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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You don't get many YA books that are written from the by a man and from a male first person POV, and I love that about this book. I think that it was a refreshing change from so many YA books being told from the female POV.

The world that Mr. Winfield creates here is very well thought out and perfectly captured down to the last detail. This story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world nearly 900 years from present day. Aubrey is a young man on the verge of truly becoming a man. Little does he know how much his life is going to change. He is faced with challenges that will shape him into the man who will hopefully be able to change the world he knows for the better. Early on he meets Jimmy and forges a friendship with him that is stronger than any other relationship he has had previously. Then Hannah enters the picture rounding them out to a trio on a mission to save their world and hopefully humankind along with it.

It's so hard to do this review without posting spoilers so I am going to have to keep my comments to a minimum as far as the plot is concerned. Suffice it to say, I really enjoyed the book. The character development is very well done and really I think the plot moved along a really nice pace all through the story. Mr. Winfield is excellent with description and didn't let us down with this book.

The only thing I had a problem with, and it's really tiny, is that suddenly about 1/2 way through the book Jimmy starts cursing and he only does it a couple of times, but it seemed unnecessary and kind of out of the blue. Other than those couple of words, one use of the F word, this is a really clean YA book.
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76 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Park Service: Book One October 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ryan Winfield follows up his first novel South of Bixby Bridge with The Park Service, the first in a trilogy that is sure to become popular amongst fans of young-adult fiction.

Reminiscent of other young-adult fiction series novels such as Divergent and Delerium, The Park Service connects you with characters who immediately catch your interest and keep you suspended as they endevor to work their way through multiple plot twists. With a bit of romance and plenty of suspense, this novel keeps you turning the pages to the very end, and eager for the next book in the trilogy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Debut of New Trilogy!! October 18, 2012
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We travel 900 years into the future and meet a young man named Aubrey Van Houten. He is 15 years old, borne into a post-apocalyptic world and lives five miles under the Earth's surface. The main goal of his life has been to prepare for a pivotal test that will pigeonhole his existence in a dystopian society for the rest of his productive years until he reaches the ripe old retirement age of 35. After completion of this test and determination of his placement in this world, Aubrey leaves all that he's ever known to enter into what he hopes to be a bright future. However, after being trapped in a cataclysmic accident, all bets are off!

What Aubrey discovers is contrary to anything he has ever known or believed in. Through his encounters he experiences deep despair and fights for survival, he uncovers true evil and has to make arduous decisions between what is obvious and what is deceptive; he seeks truth and finds true friendship. Everything he experiences molds him into maturity beyond his years.

This thought provoking story allows us to contemplate our place in the world we inhabit and what consequences may occur in the future caused by the actions of humankind. It's a counterbalance between the arrogant ideas of a select few versus what is in the best interest of many. A quote from this book struck me deeply: "We all must let ourselves die to be what we will be. But we cling to what we know." (Chapter 14-The Butterfly Waits)

"The Park Service" is Ryan Winfield's second novel and is the beginning of a very exciting trilogy. It's very easy to immerse oneself into Ryan's glorious descriptions and impeccable detail to every nuance of this world. We feel and experience every emotion, conflict and challenge for Aubrey, his companions and all the other characters. The story excites, captivates and sets the stage for the next chapter in the journey. A 5-Star Score for a Rock Star Author, Ryan Winfield!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
If you liked The Hunger Games, you'll like this book. It's easy reading and keeps moving. Can't wait for the movie!!
Published 1 day ago by chrisP
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
When I saw this book, it was listed for $1. So I decided to buy it and try it out. If I liked it, it was a big win, if not I only lost a buck. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Robbie Hadley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
I really enjoyed this book and read it in a week! The one thing I loved; the book does not leave you hanging like some books in a sequel, it stands alone just fine too. Read more
Published 3 days ago by kathitoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly absorbed by the story and couldn't put it down.
Loved the book. The characters were great. It kept me cheering for the underdogs and never knew what to expect next. Very exciting at times and had some truth to it also.
Published 5 days ago by Deborah A. Vitalone
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
The characters did not seem to be well developed and were a bit two dimensional. Not real excited about the series.
Published 5 days ago by Walker
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
This was an okay attempt at a post-apocalyptic tale, but not great. It plowed through moments when it should have lingered, and lingered when it should have plowed. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Emma
3.0 out of 5 stars Got much better the further I read
I'm digging all my dystopian lit right now and was pleasantly surprised with this story line. I liked the beginning and loved the end. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Angie L. Crew
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read!
I'm already into Book Two and I'm loving this series - much better than the Hunger Games. The two main boy characters are really well done and you get pulled into the story... Read more
Published 5 days ago by S Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved this series!
This trilogy by Ryan Winfield was exciting and a great read. I loved all three of the books and will most likely read them again. Great storyline!! Exciting and interesting. Read more
Published 7 days ago by terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Enjoyed this book very much. Looking forward to the next book.I think that all of my friends would enjoy reading this book.
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Ryan Winfield. I'm a 39-year-old writer living in Seattle. Author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller "Jane's Melody: A Novel", "South of Bixby Bridge", and "The Park Service Trilogy". I hope you enjoy my books and I'd love to hear from you at

I've been asked why I write. I write because I remember.

I remember waking up to snow. Great buckets of it poured from the gray skies and blanketing everything in quiet white. I remember racing to dress, struggling with my boots. "Here, don't forget your mittens." I remember the soft thump of that first footstep in the cold and virgin powder, the tracks looking back, foghorns blowing on the mist-covered bay. I feel the canvas paper bag cutting into my shoulders, the weight of Sunday's headlines heavy on my mind. I see the trees bowed with armloads of white, as if to curtsey my passing. I remember rubber bands and ink stained hands. A car spun sideways in a ditch. Always a car. Then barking dogs, a distant chainsaw. Freckles throwing fastballs that hurt for the cold of them on my neck. I remember snowmen, and igloos, and icy trails through the white and wondrous woods. And I remember sweet Mrs. Johnson waiting at her door. The smell of Avon powder, her thin smile, an envelope pressed into my palm--ten dollars and a peppermint candy cane thank you. Evening now. I remember running downtown--Salvation Army bells, white lights strung in sidewalk trees, bundled shoppers bent against the wind. I remember the heavy door, the warmth, the wood. The bookstore! Smells of paper and leather and ink. Walls of worlds bound and waiting for me to read.

Nothing has affected me as much as reading has. Dickens, Tolkien, and Lewis raised me. And while I've walked through my own hell, made my own mistakes, and found my own redemption, always there have been books. Books to help me escape, books to teach me when to stay and fight, books to help me see where I've been wrong and where I've been right.

I write because I remember. And I write because I still dream.

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